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Old 12-01-10, 06:27 AM   #1
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Your Combination,(or the best) of folding bike. Why?

Thought it could be interesting to see why folder owners have more than one folder other than folderitious! I will start it off.
My 3 folding bikes.
2 Mezzos
One Mini Onza

Modified Mezzo is fast enough for everything bar keeping up with serious road racing training,but then again..............

Another Mezzo as a spare for wet weather/ hack/rougher conditions.

I am the typical take the folder everywhere and rarely ride a rigid bike,(must get the trails bikes out again!). One car family and it's not mine! So the folder is really useful for multi-mode commuting.

Mini Onzo, great fun, can be ridden by children as well as myself for short distances. In combination I can get 3 bikes in the car boot and I am considering get getting another compact folder such as another Mezzo(IHG), Brompton(if cheap)/Merc, or a Diblasi so as to get up to 4 bikes that fit the car boot for the family again.

However I like the Birdie's versatility of a light weight full suspension bike also.

If I was Bruce metras rather than just a Bruce, I would not have this problem.

Why do you guys have your combinations?

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Old 12-01-10, 01:48 PM   #2
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to me the best combination will be to have one road folding bike (pocket rocket, airnimal, etc) and one commuter folding bike (like tikit, brompton etc). i do have 2 at the moment. a 20+/- lbs Dahon Speed TR and a Dahon Curve D3 (my wife's bike). would love to have another tikit or a brompton as a true commuter folding bike. not so much into folding bikes with suspension.
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Old 12-01-10, 02:12 PM   #3
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Right now, I have 2 folders. One, is a brompton, which is my multimodal commute folder. That's when I combine car, rail and or other public transit. The small package of the Brommie is best for this. My other folder is a DT IGH front suspension. I use this more than my full size bike. I like front suspension because of my propensity to cut through parking lots and curb jumping and some bad roads.

I am toying with the idea of selling my 3 speed brommie and getting an ultra light brompton with one speed (titanium?). I've also seen the Dahon Mu Uno, which is intriguing, but the folded package may be not as compact as the brommie.

Also, my brommie also serves as my "take on business trips" bike.

For me, 2 folders is plenty as I don't do any long distance touring or even long weekend rides. If I did, I'd probably add another folder to the stable.
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Old 12-01-10, 02:43 PM   #4
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I've got:

---Pocket Crusoe, which has become my work horse/grocery getter
---Tikit which is my commuter/short hop shopper.

I'd like to get one more folder with beefier tires and suspension for rough path touring and general hauling/grocery getting, and free up my Pocket Crusoe for the light touring/fast bike that it longs to be!
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Old 12-01-10, 03:49 PM   #5
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For relying on bikes for commuting, I need 3 - backup for the backup. It has happened seversl time that a big thing happens to one bike and another smaller thing to the backup, requiring the backup for the backup to be used.

Commuter/tourer: Birdy
Commuter/tourer: Moulton APB
Road riding/backup commuter: Swift
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Right now, I have 2 folders. One, is a brompton, which is my multimodal commute folder. That's when I combine car, rail and or other public transit. The small package of the Brommie is best for this. My other folder is a DT IGH front suspension. I use this more than my full size bike. I like front suspension because of my propensity to cut through parking lots and curb jumping and some bad roads.
I once had 4 folding bicycles until recently-2 Dahons (Boardwalk S1, Piccolo), Brompton CE3, and my newest addition, a 1970s Raleigh Twenty.

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I am toying with the idea of selling my 3 speed brommie and getting an ultra light brompton with one speed (titanium?). I've also seen the Dahon Mu Uno, which is intriguing, but the folded package may be not as compact as the brommie.

Also, my brommie also serves as my "take on business trips" bike.
I sold one Dahon, donated the other and now only have two. My Brompton is the primary bike as it has been for all the five years I had it. I find my multi-purposed Brompton bike takes care of all my transportation needs. In the future, I plan to upgrade to a six speed one. But unlike you, I will keep this present one. Who says I can only own one at a time?

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For me, 2 folders is plenty as I don't do any long distance touring or even long weekend rides. If I did, I'd probably add another folder to the stable.
+1. My riding habits are similar to yours. The only difference is I always will make room for another Brompton (or a classic UK made Austin or Morris Mini Cooper).
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Old 12-02-10, 01:35 AM   #8
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My first folder was 20", single speed hi-ten steel heavy thing, I modified it into 3 speed coaster brake. Now the user is my nephew. The second one is 16" Hasa, bought 5 years ago, and I keep till know, cheap, light, easy to pack and put into the baggage, great travel bike. Third one is 20" Dahon MUP8, I want "faster" folding bike, but I sold this one later, it is "too big" for our car. The last one is 16" Downtube mini, SA 8 speed IGH, which is my daughter fav bike, this one is also a keeper.
Main reason to keep only the 16" wheel bikes is our car is not "tall" enough, so for 20" Dahon, I have to fold its steering post and lowering the seat to put the bike inside the car, while for those 16" bikes, all I have to do is fold on its main hinge in the middle of the frame and that's it.
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